Justice Monica Mbaru, Board Chair
Justice Monica Mbaru is a High Court Judge in the Republic of Kenya since July 2012 and the present Board Chairperson of the AMSHeR Board.
A legal practitioner with experience of the law that is attested by virtue of the coveted office that she currently occupies. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Mbaru led Programmes with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya).
Her experience of development and Human Rights comes from years of leading on programmes across the continent. She worked with programmes at HIVOS, in the East Africa regional office in Nairobi and prior as Africa Co-ordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) [now known as Outright International].
She holds a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights respectively.
Justice Mbaru has published several papers on the rights of LGBT individuals, persons with disabilities, paralegal training manuals, African Human Rights access to Justice on social and economic rights to name but a few.
Andre Wagner, Vice Board Chair
Chief of Party - CaSIPO Programme and current Vice Board Chairperson for AMSHeR.
Andre Wagner BA (Hon) Public and Human Resource Management, BA (Hon) Human Resource Development, Extra Curricular Hon degree: Labour Law, National diploma Project management, National Diploma Local Government Management, Post Graduate diploma in HR Hiring Principles and Practices, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Communication.
Currently employed as the Chief of Party (COP) for Hospice Palliative Care Association. Andre worked in local government as Director of Disaster Management, before he became involved in Hospice work 20 years ago.
In 2000, Andre became the convenor of the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) of South Africa’s organisational development subcommittee, and was Regional Manager for Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape and Organisational Development.
He started AW Management Consulting in 2009 and have consulted in 22 African Countries, UK and the USA. He has presented at conferences in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, USA. Andre serves on various Boards in South Africa and across the continent.
John Kashiha, Board Member
Programmes Director, CHESA
Linda Baumann, Board Member
Linda RM Bauman is a Feminist, Human Rights and Communications Activist who specialises in the human rights of Women, Girls and LGBTI people. She is currently the Interim Coordinator of the Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA)- an organisation that advocates for the rights and the bodily autonomy of Women, Girls and Trans Diverse persons in Namibia.
Linda was the Director of Out-Right Namibia who administered the strategic, programmatic operational and management of the organisation as well as movement building, from 2010-2016 and one of the founding members.
Before joining ORN, Linda worked as the Project Officer- Human Rights and Media at the Rainbow Project, the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex organization in Namibia that closed in 2009.
Linda started to work in the human rights movement in the year 2000 and equivalently focused on the rights of young girls, women and sexual minorities. Linda is a trained paralegal by Legal Assistance Centre and chaired the Namibian Paralegal Association 2006-2010. She worked with the Namibian Girl Child Association and was very active in establishing young girls support group systems.
Linda was radio presenter at Base FM from 2009-2013, where she hosted topical programmes and a social program impacting the lives of the listeners. She also chaired the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA)- Namibian chapter 2009-2011. Additionally, Linda served as the Female Co-chair of Pan Africa ILGA from 2007-2014 and was the Alternate secretary general of ILGA World 2011-2012. Linda has vast experience in working at SADC, regional and international level.
Linda further started chairing the Media Institute for Southern Africa- Namibian chapter 2009 until this current period. She is one of the few women in the country who served on a weekly National Television Programme the “The Week that Was” as a Media Activist commentator. The focus of this programme was to review the weekly newspaper headlines as assessments for discussion with an overall national view on key issues affecting the country. As a human rights defender Linda has been very active in a number of local NGO forums and organisations within and outside of the country. She is currently serving the Management Committee as Chairperson of Women’s Solidarity Namibia a local women’s organisation working on gender based violence and Human rights violations towards women and young girls.
With these foundations and principles, she prioritises leadership development, human rights, social justice, emancipation of movement building as well as Health & Wellbeing and legal reform as its main strategic areas of focus.
Kondwani Msampha, Board Member
Kondwani Msampha is Director Finance and Administration at Africare Corporations based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
He brings to AMSHeR over 20 years experience of senior international leadership experience in global finance, accounting, treasury and investments, human resource, audits, information technology, legal compliance, policies and processes, grants and strategic management in a variety of international non-profit organisations that utilise donor funding.
Kondwani is experienced in monitoring and assessing operational systems, strengthening accountability, risk management strategies and working with finance and audit committees of the board, ensuring legal compliance with host country laws, in-house and donor (e.g. USAID, DFID, EU, UN, World Bank) regulations.
He has worked for several organisations across Africa, Europe and the United states notably in Stockholm as Head of Finance for International IDEA and Pathfinder International in the US and in other African Countries, his last position was that of Financial Controller based out of Massachusetts. He also has experience with audits and grant management for USAID and other agencies.
Kondwani is a certified Management & Finance Administrator with a BCOM Degree in Accounting from the University of Malawi supported by several post graduate certifications. He sits on several Boards.
Ricky Nathanson, Board Member
Ricky Nathanson is the current Director of the Trans* Research, Education, Advocacy & Training [TREAT] with several years experience of and with working with capacity strengthening of socio-economically and politically vulnerable groups and criminalised groups in Africa.
A professional auditor with several years experience of auditing and serving as company secretary for Dunlop Zimbabwe, Ricky has worked as regional auditor overseeing several countries across Africa including Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya. Ricky is a business woman who owns her own modelling agency and provides consulting services in Finance and Auditing to firms in Zimbabwe.
She is the present Secretary and Board Treasurer for the Sexual Rights Centre and also serves with the Southern African Trans* Forum [SATF] as Secretary.
A founding member of the Trans Women’s Feminism Institute for Southern and Central Africa and a member of the Africa Key Populations Experts Group under the auspices of the UNDP, Ricky sits on the All Africa Trans & Intersex Committee, whose mandate is to forge a continental movement of transgender and intersex activist. She is also a member of the International Reference Group of Trans Women [IRGT], made up of 14 transgender women from across the globe, looking at addressing HIV/AIDS
Ricky is certified by the Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has previously taught French and Mathematics to High Schoolers in her native Zimbabwe.
Advocate Roshan Dehal, Board Member
Roshan Dehal is an Advocate of the South African High Court and has extensive knowledge and understanding of Corporate Governance, Board operations and decorum, the operation of absolute good faith as a requirement of board members versus the developing principle of “The Business Rule” principle which he has consistently applied for well over 20 years.
He is knowledgeable on Audit and Strategic Financial Management, Organisation Development and Human Resources, Multilateral Institution and Development Policy, HIV and Key Programming in Africa and Legal including Human Rights Law.
Advocate Dehal has over 40 years’ experience as an International Human Rights Lawyer who ran an historically Human Rights Firm that has litigated Nationally and Internationally such Human Rights issues, as those involving the present South African ANC Government during its banned exile period, Amnesty International, OXFAM, the then OAU (now AU), the United Nations Security Council, and Civil Rights Organisations Nationally and Internationally.
He assisted with the formulation of the SA Constitution and successfully motivated for the addition of Rights associated with sexual freedom of choice and health; and for over 15 years worked with NGOs and Governments across Asia and Africa on HIV, Sexual Health and Sexual Rights amongst associated issues.
Post the Rwandese Genocide of 1994, Advocate Roshan Dehal assisted in the prosecution in Rwanda of the Gross Human Rights Perpetrators.
Thierry Niyonshemeza, Board Member
Thierry Niyoshemeza is an Africanist, LGBT activist and Executive Director of the Community Association Rainbow Candle Light, an LGBT organisation working on human rights issues and health in support of the LGBT population in Burundi and other issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Thierry is a militant defender of Human Rights, committed to advancing the rights of all LGBT persons and has broad experience of advocacy and research focussing on the challenges of key populations particularly, sexual orientation issues and gender identity in the sexual and gender minority populations on the African continent.